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NY Times Best Selling Author David Epstein to Keynote 2014 National Coaching Conference

RESTON, VA, May 20, 2014 – David Epstein, author of The New York Times best-seller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, will keynote the 2014 National Coaching Conference on Friday, June 20 at The Hilton - Crystal City in Arlington, VA. Hosted by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) in association with the United States Coaching Education Coalition, the conference will convene the foremost leaders in sport to discuss current research and best practices in long-term coach and athlete development.

In his talk titled: "10,000 Hours: A Magic Formula or a Hindrance to Peak Performance," Epstein will discuss how popular views of skill acquisition have led to a counterproductive sport development pipeline by addressing the origins of the now-famed 10,000-hours rule and the impact that it has had on athlete development. Using stories and studies from some of the world's most cutting edge researchers and sports science labs, Epstein's presentation will challenge conventional notions about the development of expertise in sports. Learn more>>

Currently a reporter at ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism, Epstein previously served as a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he wrote or co-wrote several of the magazine's most high-profile investigative pieces including the revelation that New York Yankees third- baseman Alex Rodriguez had tested positive for steroids uses in 2003 and an investigation into NCAA rule violations that prompted the resignation of The Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel. Epstein was also a featured speaker at a 2014 TED Conference. His work has also appeared in Discover, Inside Higher Ed., Scientific American, Slate, The Washington Post, British GQ, National Geographic and The Guardian, among other publications. David's full bio>>

The National Coaching Conference is the United States Coaching Education Coalition's opportunity to bring together the foremost leaders in sport to convoke dialogue related to the education and development of coaches at all levels of competition and expertise. The theme for the 2014 National Coaching Conference is "Long-Term Coach Development." Coaching skills are developed over time through engaging in the sport environment, working with other coaches, formal education experiences, and among other things, the use of reflection. Therefore, a framework for long-term coach development is necessary. This conference will aid in moving coaching education in the United States in that direction.

Conference Goals:
  • Bring in top speakers, coaches, researchers, and administrators to share their knowledge in formal presentations, breakout sessions, and dynamic panels.
  • Provide coaches, coach educators, sports scientists, and sport directors/administrators with the chance to network, talk, discuss, and debate issues and ideas with their colleagues.
  • Encourage attendees to implement the National Standards for Sport Coaches (NASPE, 2006) at their institutions of higher learning and/or sport programs.
  • Empower attendees to implement best practices learned at the conference and continue to seek, share, and implement ideas and programs throughout the year.

For more information regarding the 2014 National Coaching Conference, please visit:

About the United States Coaching Education Coalition

The United States Coaching Education Coalition was founded by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Federation for State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and recently expanded to include the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The coalition's mission is to provide leadership to develop and improve the profession of coaching in America. It envisions a nation of qualified coaches, educated and prepared to effectively meet the changing needs of all participants at their respective levels of sport.


About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit